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May 2020

Posted on May 28, 2020

05 DT May 2020

With everyday life seemingly at a standstill, I was beginning to wonder how we could possibly fill the pages of Dancing Times this month. Although by necessity there are fewer pages than normal in this issue, in the event it didn’t prove too onerous, as there is as much to discuss about dance during a pandemic as there is in normal times.

Although you will notice COVID-19 as a recurrent thread running throughout the publication, the virus has brought up some surprising truths about our need to continue to dance, perform or to compete. Daniel Pratt offers an article on the coronavirus outbreak from his viewpoint as a professional dancer, whilst Marianka Swain takes a look at the dance that has become available online – including specialist classes and streamed performances, as well as some classic films. James Whitehead provides tips on how ballroom and Latin American dancers can stay in shape at home, and Debbie Malina contributes a timely guide on the importance of sleep.

Finally, as Dancing Times approaches its 110th anniversary, I want to reassure readers we will continue to publish, both in print and online, in the coming months. During its history, the magazine has never missed an issue, despite the duration of two world wars, and the team fully intend to maintain that unbroken record. Stay safe and healthy.


Dancing Times, May 2020 Volume 110 Issue 1317

Cover stories

14. Dance and the COVID-19 crisis. Daniel Pratt, a dancer with Sarasota Ballet, gives a professional view on the pandemic

18. I know my place. Andria Hall shares her insights with Paul Arrowsmith. Photographs by Roman Novitsky

27. In the midst of the pandemic. Fátima Nollén talks to American Ballet Theatre’s Herman Cornejo about his 20-year career with the company, as well as future projects

32. “I have no choice but to begin” – Robert Cohan at 95. Paul R W Jackson in conversation with the choreographer


22. Born to dance. Nicola Rayner hears from Dr Peter Lovatt about his new book, The Dance Cure

Dance Today

48. Get your dance fix at home. Marianka Swain recommends feel-good dance content you can enjoy without leaving the house

50. Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

51. Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

52. Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

53. Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

54. Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


8. News. Liam Scarlett sacked by The Royal Ballet

12. Talking Point. By Alice Sheppard

36. Dance Scene. Reviews include 2Faced Dance, Norwegian National Ballet

39. FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

40. Danza in Italia. By Graham Spicer

43. Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

44. Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

57. Dancer of the Month. Scottish Ballet’s Nicholas Shoesmith, interviewed by Margaret Willis

61. Products

62. Health. Debbie Malina considers why sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of dancers

65. Classifieds

66. Last Dance. We look back to May 1980

Simon Oliver has been production editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and is highly experienced in design across print and online magazine production. Throughout his career, Simon has worked on a diverse range of subjects including music, family history, book collecting and poker.

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